Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Google’s +1 Button Gets Its Treat, Now Lets You Share To Google+ Circles!

 

The Google +1 button has been seen all over the web since it’s launch several months back.  In fact, there are now over 4 billion daily views of the button throughout the web.  This is double what the views were just last month.  Although the +1 button had been a hit, it was lacking something that other social networks had.  There was never a way to share content you liked with your Google+ circles.  This has all changed today.
The +1 button has always had a subtle purpose, of course: Google says that it impacts search results, so pages you +1 may show up in your friends’ queries more prominently than they would otherwise. But who knows how often that happens. And while these +1 clicks also get saved in your Google+ profile, they’re not anywhere your friends are going to see them.
This is how Google describes the new functions the +1 button now will have:
Sharing with your circles on Google+
Clicking the +1 button is a great way to highlight content for others when they search on Google. But sometimes you want to start a conversation right away—at least with certain groups of friends. So beginning today, we’re making it easy for Google+ users to share webpages with their circles, directly from the +1 button. Just +1 a page as usual and look for the new “Share on Google+” option. From there you can comment, choose a circle and share.

+Snippets

When you share content from the +1 button, you’ll notice that we automatically include a link, an image and a description in the sharebox. We call these “+snippets,” and they’re a great way to jumpstart conversations with the people you care about.
Of course: publishers can benefit from +snippets as well. With just a few changes to their webpages, publishers can actually customize their +snippets and encourage more sharing of their content on Google+.
Without a doubt, this update will increase the amount of shared content on Google+ while also giving web publishers more control over what they want their readers to share. Below is a short video from Timothy Jordan about these new additions: Give it a try by clicking the +1 button above this post and sharing it with your circles.